UW-Green Bay Weidner Center Announces 2013-14 Performing Arts Season

GREEN BAY (July 17, 2013) – Classic Broadway shows, entertaining comedy and eclectic music and dance are among the highlights of the 2013-14 Performing Arts Season lineup at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The signature University of Wisconsin-Green Bay venue announced its new season July 17 during a special event for patrons, friends and the campus community. Some of the individuals in attendance have participated in the Weidner Center’s Strategic Planning process, which outlines a five-year plan for reinvigorating the venue. Coming on the heels of a successful first year, officials say the 2013-14 season announcement is an exciting milestone in year two of the Weidner’s re-launch.

“Last year’s lineup marked a strong return to the kind of vibrant, diverse programming our audiences want — and this year’s season is even better,” said Weidner Center Executive Director Kate Green. “Thanks to the input of our stakeholders and friends, we’ve developed another fantastic season of shows that we are so excited to share.” 

The 2013-14 Performing Arts Season is as follows*:

  • An Evening with Kathy Griffin, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets $35-$55.
  • The Midtown Men, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets $28.50-$61.50.
  • Blue Man Group, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21; Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23. Tickets $40.50-73.50.
  • Imagination Movers, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets $22.
  • Vienna Boys Choir, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets $26.25 for adults; $14 for children ages 12 and younger.
  • Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Tickets $29.75-$36.75; VIP available.
  • Bob Newhart, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Tickets $35-$68
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets $55-$77.80; VIP available.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Tickets $29-$47.
  • Rock of Ages, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Tickets $35-$68.
  • Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Tickets $39.50-$72.50.
  • Aaron Neville, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Tickets $33-$44.
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1. Tickets $13.
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sports (abridged), 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Tickets $27.50.
  • New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players — H.M.S. Pinafore, 8 p.m. Friday, March 14. Tickets $44-$49.50.
  • Celtic Woman, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Tickets $39-$59; VIP available.
  • ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19. Tickets $18.50.
  • Man of La Mancha, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Tickets $37.25-$70.25.
  • The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Tickets $28.50-$44.
  • The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel, Book One: Target Earth, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Tickets $32-$38.50.
  • Bring It On: The Musical, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Tickets $35-$68.

* Service fees apply for all ticket sales

Tickets are currently on sale via subscription. Patrons need simply to select three or more of the Performing Arts Season events listed above to qualify as a subscriber, buy before the general public, get the best seats and save up to 10 percent on their purchase. Subscription order forms reflect discounted prices. Orders of less than three events will be processed at full price Sept. 6 when single tickets go on sale to the general public.

PMI Entertainment Group presents An Evening with Kathy Griffin

Green Bay (June 18, 2013) – Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, Grammy nominee, GLAAD Vanguard recipient and Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders.

After moving to California, from her native Chicago, and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe, Kathy began building her resume with guest starring roles on such series as “ER” and “Seinfeld” – where she created recurring character Sally Weaver. In 1996, Kathy’s dream of playing a sidekick on a sitcom came true when she landed the role of Vickie Groener, Brook Shields’ sharp tongued colleague, on the NBC show “Suddenly Susan.”

After her various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own “HBO Half Hour Comedy Special.” In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, “A Hot Cup of Talk.” She participated in, and won “Celebrity Mole” on ABC, and then hosted the NBC reality series “Average Joe” as well as the MTV series, “Kathy’s So-Called Reality.” In 2010, Kathy took a dramatic turn on “Law and Order: SVU” where she riveted audiences with her portrayal of a lesbian activist with a secret. In August 2005, Kathy’s Emmy award winning reality show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” debuted on Bravo.

In 2009, Kathy added best-selling author to her list of many achievements. Her tell-all autobiography entitled, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly lists.

Tickets are $55, $45, $35 and go on sale Friday, June 21 at 11am at all Ticket Star locations, by calling 800-895-0071 or online at www.weidnercenter.com.

2013-2014 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2012

(Green Bay, WI) – The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the 2013-2014 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 

The 2013-2014 series kicks off in October 2013 and extends through April 2014, featuring 10 titles and a total of 19 performances. Programs are selected to complement current classroom curriculum with creative and imaginative learning, critical thinking opportunities and live performance experiences. Performance-specific study guides are provided to help educators integrate show topics into classroom activities.

New this year is an educational partnership with The Children’s Museum of Green Bay.  Three events in the series, The Monster Who Ate My Peas, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Henry and Mudge, will offer opportunities for students to experience a full day of learning activities at both the Weidner Center and the Children’s Museum.

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the mid-June announcement of the 2013-2014 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup.

The following is the full 2013-2014 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with the exception of The Intergalactic Nemesis, which has one performance at 10:30 a.m.

October
17        Tomás and the Library Lady

November
6          Garry Krinsky – Toying with Science

February
11        The Monster Who Ate My Peas
18        I am Jack
28        We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

March
11        Freedom Train
26        Charlotte’s Web

April
4          Seussical
10        The Intergalactic Nemesis, Live-Action Graphic Novel, Book One: Target Earth
22        Henry & Mudge

Since its inception, the Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center has served over 110,000 students, grades Pre-K through 12, from 22 counties in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The annual Stage Doors Education Series is program of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and is made possible by the generous support of the George F. Kress Family Foundation, with additional support provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board. 

How To Make Reservations for the 2013-2014 Series:
All information about the 2013-2014 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at www.WeidnerCenter.com. Reservations from schools and home school families are being accepted now via mail, fax or online. Series brochures will be mailed to educators in September. All tickets are $7.

Information, policies, scholarship applications and registration forms can be downloaded at www.WeidnerCenter.com.  For brochure requests and questions, please call (920) 465-5100.

Green Bay Symphony Orchestra moves offices to Weidner Center at UW-Green Bay

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has moved its offices to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Officials with the University and GBSO are lauding the move as a key step in the signature venue’s revitalization plan, one element of which calls for closer collaboration with community and other arts groups. It’s also a logical logistical move, since the bulk of GBSO’s concerts are performed at the Weidner, officials say.

“This move is a continuation of Weidner Center’s Strategic Plan process, which includes increased collaboration with area cultural agencies and arts organizations,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden. “We are pleased to welcome the GBSO to the Weidner.”

The GBSO has two full-time and seven part-time employees, and until recently occupied office space in downtown Green Bay. The organization began moving into the Weidner Center Thursday, Aug. 2, and is expected to be fully up and running at the venue effective Monday, Aug. 6. Its phone number will remain the same, at (920) 435-3465.

The GBSO has a rich history, and is preparing to inaugurate its 99th season with an Opening Night concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Weidner Center.

The Symphony Orchestra’s relocation is part of an overall Weidner Center revitalization plan that includes additional opportunities for various community organizations, K-12 educational programming and UW-Green Bay faculty and students. The plan also includes a focus on what traditionally has been termed “mainstage” programming, with the University in May announcing a dynamic and varied 2012-13 Performing Arts Season. The Strategic Plan, which drew on the expertise of an outside consultant, also relied heavily on community and Weidner stakeholder input.

More information on the Weidner Center, including season and ticketing information, is available at www.weidnercenter.com. To learn more about the GBSO and view its season schedule and ticket info, visit www.greenbaysymphony.org.

2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series Announced

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series, providing learning opportunities for students throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

The 2012-2013 season kicks off in October 2012 and extends through April 2013, featuring 11 titles and a total of 21 performances. Programs are selected to complement current classroom curriculum with creative and imaginative learning, critical thinking opportunities and live performance experiences. Performance-specific study guides are provided to help educators integrate show topics into classroom activities.

Expanded this year is an ongoing educational partnership with Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Allouez. Two events in the series, We the People and The Civil War, will offer opportunities for students to experience a full day of learning activities at both the Weidner Center and Heritage Hill.

The release of the Stage Doors Education Series schedule serves as an exciting prelude to the May 22 announcement of the new 2012-13 Weidner Center Performing Arts Season lineup. This dynamic season schedule is an integral part of the University’s plan to reinvigorate its signature performing arts venue, and will feature a wide variety of offerings, including Broadway productions. Weidner Center friends and stakeholders, along with local news media, will be invited to a special evening event announcing the season on the Weidner main stage.

The following is the full 2012-2013 Weidner Center Stage Doors Education Series schedule. All shows are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with the exception of A Guided Tour of The Taming of the Shrew, which has one performance at 12:30 p.m.

October
18     We the People
22     A Guided Tour of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
31     Bunnicula

November
15     The Berenstain Bears Live!
28     Frindle

January
31     How I Became a Pirate

February
21     Skippyjon Jones

March
5     The Civil War
6     The Gruffalo
19   Doktor Kaboom! - It’s Just Rocket Science!

April
16     Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Since its inception, Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center has served more than 95,000 students, grades Pre-K through 12, from 22 counties in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The annual Stage Doors Education Series is program of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and is made possible by the generous support of the George F. Kress Family Foundation, with additional support provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

How To Make Reservations for the 2012-2013 Series:
All information about the 2012-2013 Stage Doors Education Series at the Weidner Center can be found online at http://www.weidnercenter.com Reservations from schools and home school families are being accepted now via mail, fax or online. Series brochures will be mailed to educators in September. All tickets are $7.

More Press for Weidner Center Reinvigoration Plans

Fox Cities Magazine featured the reinvigoration of the Weidner Center for the Performing arts in its Spring 2012 Arts Guide, outlining changes on the horizon and interviewing director of programming Kate Green.

Officials are expected to release the Weidner’s 2012-13 lineup, which will consist of 14 to 18 performances (including two Broadway shows) this spring.

Read the magazine story (scroll down to page 21)

University Weighs Weidner Center Plans

The process of reinvigorating the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts took another step forward Dec. 1 and 2 as UW-Green Bay held meetings with key stakeholders who are looking to the facility’s future.

Joined by consultant Steve Carignan of the Gallagher Bluedorn Center at the University of Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden presented elements of a draft proposal during the sessions, which were attended by Weidner Center Presents board members, donors, ushers, ticket holders and other invited campus and community groups.

Harden presented a draft budget plan and tentative staffing levels for the center, noting that broad-based support — from ticket sales, philanthropy and the University — will be important moving forward.

Next steps for the Weidner include hiring its executive director, completing programming for the 2012-13 season — when the facility will celebrate its twentieth anniversary — and launching marketing and fundraising operations to build toward the goal of a self-supporting facility.

Read more at UW-Green Bay’s Inside Blog: http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/log-news/headlines/12/02/university-shares-ideas-for-revitalizing-weidner-center/

Weidner Center Revitalization Takes Key Steps Forward

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is taking the next steps in its plan to revitalize the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, presenting elements of a draft proposal to key stakeholder groups Thursday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 2.

UW-Green Bay officials established a set of priorities that include serving the University’s academic mission, using programming to engage diverse demographic groups, increasing access to the Weidner throughout greater Green Bay and re-branding the Weidner as an arts event epicenter.

Officials plan to release the Weidner Center’s 2012-13 lineup this spring, Green said.

Read more at UW-Green Bay’s Inside Blog: http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/log-news/headlines/11/30/weidner-center-revitalization-11165/